/County fair packs a day full of fun

County fair packs a day full of fun

By Sue Tiffin

Published Juhe 1 2017

Cathy Fisher is excited about the 153rd annual Haliburton County Fair.

Fisher a Minden resident is not only working on the fair board but she’s a grandmother to two kids under five and loves to see theirexcitement.
“It’ll be awesome” she said. “There’s a dog show pony rides laser tag – kids love those things.”
The fair which opens on June 10 at 9 a.m. at the Minden Fairgrounds is presented by the Minden Agricultural Society.
Organizers are hoping residents will participate in the fairexhibitions and will work together with the fair board to continuebuilding on and improving the fair to keep it in the community. Thoughthe 2016 event was popular in recent years attendance has beendeclining for the fair and new directors stepped up to keep the boardnumbers strong.
“They were going to fold” said Fisher who is a first-time boardvolunteer. “There’s no way we’re going to let the fair fold. If you letit go you never get it back.”

The fair board has been working to rejuvenate the county fair bybringing it back to its agricultural roots. An artisan market sheepgoat and cow shows highland dancers a horse pull car show anddemonstrations of wood processing and sheep shearing are part of thepacked events schedule.
A craft beer tasting event mounted horse games and a baseballtournament are sure to be exciting new additions to the fair this year.Afternoon music by the Shout Sister choir Cheryl Lescom and the PaulDesLauriers Band part of the Canadian Blues Legends Series willprovide additional entertainment for the day’s events.

Focusing on engaging youth in agricultural topics projects aboutscarecrows sunflowers and hatching chickens will be presented bychildren. A LEGO build and play station bean bag toss face paintingballoon artist and eating contest are planned for youth as well.
“The best thing about the fair is that what you pay to get in that lets you do all the kid and youth events see the demonstrations and takepart in everything. It’s all included. Where could you go for $25 stayall day and see all these things?” said Fisher.
A Friday night beef barbecue held the night before the fair featuresTodd Nolan and Friends performing alongside an evening of dinner and an auction. Tickets are available at Cranberry Cottage in Haliburton andOrganic Times in Minden.
Admission to the fair for adults is $10 children 12 and under pay $7and a family pass (two adults two kids) costs $25. For moreinformation visit haliburtoncountyfair.ca.